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Alexei Bayer was born in Moscow. In 1974 he immigrated to the United States, where he works as an economist and writer. His works of fiction have been published in various US literary journals, including the Kenyon Review and New England Review. Bayer and Andrei Gelasimov have cooperated in translating each other’s works, and a collection of Bayer’s short stories, Eurotrash, was translated by Gelasimov and published in Moscow in 2004. He has published two detective novels set in Moscow in the 1960s, Latchkey Murders and Murder at the Dacha. He currently writes for The Globalist.